How Weird Festival 2017: The Summer of Weird

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On May 7, 2017, a unique gathering of the tribes will occur in downtown San Francisco for a Celebration of Peace. It will be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and the 18th annual How Weird Street Faire, featuring the current generation of creative countercultures. Bring flowers, bring costumes, bring love, bring peace.

The 18th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 7, 2017
Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets
Downtown San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Button
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We join together to affirm our unity, generate waves of joy, and expand our consciousness. Turn on, tune in, and be weird.

There will be dancing in the streets at 11 stages of world-class electronic music, spectacular performances, fantastic foods, unique vendors, visionary art, inspiring creativity, and peace technology exhibits. The faire will take place from Noon to 8pm, come early to catch all of the fun.

How Weird is centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth. Located at the convergence of art and technology for the city, and the world. The faire is easily accessible by public transportation, while parking has become very difficult. It is a short walk to the Montgomery Station on Market Street.

The How Weird theme for 2017 is “Summer of Weird”, paying tribute to the cultural pioneers that inspired us and brought us further, while celebrating the continuing evolution of culture and expression. Participants are encouraged to come with flowers in their hair, and colorful costumes suitable for dancing. It will be extremely groovy.

The How Weird Street Faire is open to all ages, and all nationalities. The faire is handicapped accessible. The How Weird Street Faire celebrates acceptance and appreciates diversity. Leave your fear behind.


There will be a special Summer of Love zone at the center intersection this year, next to the faire Info Booth. Hosted by Love on Haight and the CA Historical Society, there will be information about the Summer of Love in 1967 and all the events for the 50th anniversary in 2017. There will be fashion shows and other fun activities. Come be surrounded by some of the best tie-dye art on the planet, as well as other 60s style artwork. And come find the answers to all your faire questions.

New this year is Circus Alley on Minna Street, featuring aerial performances by Skyhigh Odditorium and a circus lounge by Cirque du Soleil. There will be entertainment curated by Madamn Burnz, including hand-balancing acts, contortionists, pole arcobatics, and performance dance. Circus Alley will be an interactive environment with face painters, stilt walkers, and clowns, as well as a diverse line-up of music throughout the day with Cerebellum Projekt.

Also new this year is Green Alley, an exhibition of hemp and cannabis culture. Green Alley will feature select exhibitors, the Canna Education Center with a wide range of talks, and a dub music stage by Mountain Lion Hi-Fi. Talk topics include legal information, medical applications, grow technology, and information about the hemp plant. Speakers include Tim Blake, Swami Chaitanya and Nikki Lastreto, Patrick Goggin, Frenchy Cannoli, Robyn Pierce, and Linda DeLair. Green Alley will be located on Tehama Street off of 2nd Street, across from Art Alley. Green Alley is open to all How Weird Street Faire participants. There will be no sales of cannabis at the faire.

There will also be a Beer Circus by Lagunitas off the center intersection with exciting performances throughout the day, and lots of fun games to play. The Beer Circus is open to all faire participants.


For 2017, there will be a special new item, the Magic Button! It will come with lots of discounts and free things, and more magic.

The Magic Button is a collectible metal pin button available for $20 at the faire entrances, or for less in advance online. Get them early to avoid the lines and save money. The buttons are in limited quanities. After the buttons run out there will be Magic Stickers, with the same benefits. Those that purchase presales will be guaranteed a button. The faire relies on your donations to keep going, thanks for all of your support. Visit the How Weird website for more information and to see all the specials -


Presale Magic Buttons are available for only $15.
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Art Alley will be overflowing with sensational delights this year, filling Tehama Street from 2nd to 1st Streets. There will be live and exhibited artwork showcasing the dazzling creativity of the Bay Area, and local art vendors selling unique crafts. There will also be a new interactive craft area from San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, where they will lead revelers of all ages in creating free paper flower crowns and adornments.

At either end of Art Alley will be music stages from historic San Francisco cultural institutions. At 2nd Street, there will be ambient music from SomaFM, online radio pioneers who will broadcast their music during the day. At 1st Street, there is downtempo to psytrance music from the CCC, otherwise known as the Consortium of Collective Consciousness, the artist collective which gave birth to the How Weird Street Faire and the World Peace Through Technology Organization. At the CCC stage, there will be a historical exhibition showcasing the story of one of San Francisco’s great counterculture moments, from 1994 to 2001, and now continuing at How Weird 2017.

Barbara Wohl, a member of the SF Mime Troupe, described the Summer of Love in a way that could equally apply to How Weird, “Suddenly thousands of young people were dancing to this electric music in events that became rites of passage for a new community. Everybody was dancing, the world had a need to dance and everybody was a participant in it."


The legendary soundtrack for the Summer of Weird will be provided by the CCC, Symbiosis Gathering, SomaFM, Muti Music, Enchanted Forest, Northern Nights, Pulse SF, Temple Nightclub, Mountain Lion Hi-Fi, Underground Nomads, Solid Gold Jacuzzi, Santa Cruz Cypher Sessions, Skyhigh Odditorium, and more. The stages are being mixed around this year, so expect the unexpected.

The How Weird Street Faire features some of the top stage producers, DJs, and sound systems on the planet. Many different genres of electronic music are represented on the various stages, creating a very diverse music festival. How Weird is an annual reunion of the tribes for electronic music dancers of all sorts, united in the love of dance. Electronic dance music culture is the first truly global counterculture, reaching it’s own moment of growth during what is now called the “Second Summer of Love” in 1988-1989, first centered in the UK and Europe, and then spread around the world.

The Human Be-In on January 14, 1967 became the template for a new type of conscious event, inspiring the evolution of music and art festivals leading us directly to the How Weird Street Faire.

The SF Oracle proclaimed in 1967, “A new concept of celebrations must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.” How Weird is proud to continue the great San Francisco tradition of taking celebrations further.


Being weird leads to discoveries, exploring new thoughts and ideas, going where no one has gone before. Weird are the inventors and visionaries, who have expanded our minds and our potential, and showed us a new world is possible. Being weird is dissolving boundaries. Being weird is alternative. Weird is the ultimate counterculture.

These days, it is essential that we find creative solutions to our global problems. As Charles Darwin observed, it is not the strongest or most intelligent species that survives, it is the one that is the most adaptable to change. In order to improve our ability to change, we must always experiment and be weird. Being weird means seeing things from a new perspective, which increases empathy and raises our level of awareness. Albert Einstein once said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” So we gather today, as they did back in 1967, to bring about a change in consciousness.

The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the nonprofit World Peace Through Technology Organization, showing the world that peace is possible. After half a century, peace is needed more than ever.



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